af

Sorry for the lack of updates, but…

Thank you. Everyone who followed this blog, everyone who interacted with me, discussed these topics, expressed their views. The reason I have not updated the Bright Old Oak in a while is because I am currently building and managing my other blog, in Italian, which bears my own name and which will serve as an…

ingoldsby

An introduction to Thomas Ingoldsby and his gothic legends

Think Gothic literature: what names come to mind? Perhaps M.R. James, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stroker, Robert Louis Stevenson, or even some of the first authors in the genre, including Ann Radcliffe? Surely, Thomas Ingoldsby is not your instant choice, nor is the true name behind his pen signature, Richard Harris Barham. His father (also…

quest

A spiritual quest and a Sapphire Song – Interview with author Todd Erick Pedersen

When Todd Erick Pedersen‘s work has been put to my attention, I could not help but research the reason behind its creation and started developing an interest in his novel and poems, all very interesting and somewhat standing out from the overcrowded fantasy genre to which is sort of belongs. Despite having been written before the…

words

Learning an Eastern language: 6 good reasons to give it a try

When it comes to learning a foreign language, Europe’s perspective is definitely less than far-sighted. English, French, German and Spanish are the most studied languages in Europe, and it makes sense, considering trade with neighbouring countries and a long-standing tradition which sees these languages expand their dominance throughout the world in past centuries. For the…